GIANANDREA FIORILLO - Sail No. ITA7170.
Gianandrea is 14 years old and has been sailing for the past 5 years. He lives in Naples, Italy where he sails at his local club. Gianandrea has quite a wealth of sailing experience behind him with participation in many national and international competitions. Amongst these are events in Palma de Majorca, Marsala Sicily, Lago di Garda, the Trofeo Tre Mare and the Volvo Cup in which he obtained a 1st position. He placed a creditable 8th in the Italian National Championships of which there were 120 participants who all had to qualify to compete in this National event.
His other sporting interests are snowboarding and athletics. After the Optimist Gianandrea hopes to progress onto the 420 dinghy as helm.
In the Euromed Championship 2007 he placed 3rd in the overall positions.
Maxim Nikolaev 1st cadet in the Euromed 2007 Championship
MAXIM NIKOLAEV - Sail No. RUS205.
Maxim is 11 years old and has been sailing for the last 4 years. He lives in Moscow, Russia where he sails locally.
Maxim is one of the main up and coming Optimist sailors in Russia. He takes part in events all over the country where he often features in the top 10. At his young age he has also travelled far and wide competing in international events. Amongst these are events in Dubai and the Optimist World Championships.
His best positions so far are an overall 5th and 1st cadet in this year's Euromed Championship. Maxim would like to carry on with his sailing and also enjoys snow skiing, of which he is Moscow's skiing champion.
Maxim forms part of the Russian National team on Optimists and hopes very much to come back to compete in the Euromed next year.
Young Alexander Moskvichev from Russia
ALEXANDER MOSVICHEV - Sail No. RUS41.
Alexander is 11 years old and has been sailing for the last 5 years.
Sacha (as he is known) comes from St. Petersburg in Russia. He sails at his local club and in the Baltic Sea. He races as much as he can all over Russia but he already has some international experience under his belt sailing abroad in Germany.
Sacha's main focus seems to be on his sailing. He is one of the younger members of the Russian National team in the Optimist class.
My comments on this lad: I call him ''little Russian blue eyes'' cos he has the most amazing sparkling blue eyes and is so cute! He also impressed me with his very high standard of english and stepped in as my translator when I needed help communicating with one of the boys.
MELISSA HAMILTON - Sail No. GBR5588.
Melissa is 13 years old and has a twin sister Sophie, of whom I was unable to get a good picture of (unfortunately they left before the event was over).
Melissa and Sophie started sailing at a young age, following in their mother's footsteps who also used to sail. They live in Reading, England and sail regularly at their local sailing club - Barefield Sailing Club. Their sailing club lies on the shores of a small lake close to Reading.
Besides racing at their club they participate in alot of regional events all over the country. The fleets are usually quite large and competition is high.
Melissa excels in light to moderate winds, whereas Sophie prefers a more steady moderate wind. They both intend to carry on sailing when they are older.
Melissa came an overall third in the girls class in this years Euromed Championship.